[Efficacy of Pumpkin Seed Extract] 3 reasons why pumpkin seeds are good for urination

Is it good for urination? The Hidden Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin Seed Extract Benefits
1. Urgency symptoms improved
2. Urination frequency decreased
3. Prostatic hyperplasia symptoms improved

This is Jinny, the pharmacist.

Do you have a sudden strong urge to urinate, or do you urinate very often? If you have these symptoms, you likely have an overactive bladder. Overactive bladder is a disease that is accompanied by various urination-related symptoms without a specific disease. Symptoms include urinary urgency, an unbearably strong urge to urinate, frequent urination (urinating more than 8 times a day), and nocturia (nocturia ). These symptoms greatly reduce the quality of life and cause difficulties in social life.


So today I would like to introduce pumpkin seed extract that can help with overactive bladder . Pumpkin seed extract is a functional ingredient that has been recognized by the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety as ' it can help improve bladder urination ' , and many studies on the effect of pumpkin seed extract on relieving symptoms of overactive bladder have already been accumulated in the academic world. Let's take a closer look at that. 

1. Improves symptoms of urgency

A typical symptom of overactive bladder is urinary urgency. Urgency is when you feel the urge to urinate so badly that you can't stand it . In severe cases, urgency urinary incontinence, in which urination occurs involuntarily, may occur if the person does not urinate immediately.

In this regard, a paper was published in the Journal of Functional Foods in 2014 reporting the results that subjects with overactive bladder improved urgency symptoms after ingesting pumpkin seed extract .

"In addition  , the daily maximum urgency score parameter showed statistically significant results for the Cucuflavone group on Week 12 values ​​compared to baseline. "
Reference Paper: Shim, B., Jeong, H., Lee, S., Hwang, S., Moon, B., & Storni, C. (2014). A randomized double-blind placebo-controlled clinical trial of a product containing pumpkin seed extract and soy germ extract to improve overactive bladder-related voiding dysfunction and quality of life. Journal of Functional Foods, 8(1), 111-117.
2. Reduced urination frequency

Normally, a healthy person urinates 4 to 6 times during the day while awake and 0 to 1 time while sleeping at night. However , in case of overactive bladder patients, it is common to urinate more than 8 times a day with urgency .

The same study found that urination frequency also decreased when pumpkin seed extract was consumed .

" The statistical significance of improvement in urination frequency in the pumpkin seed extract ( Cucuflavone) group was higher than that in the placebo group. "
Reference Paper: Shim, B., Jeong, H., Lee, S., Hwang, S., Moon, B., & Storni, C. (2014). A randomized double-blind placebo-controlled clinical trial of a product containing pumpkin seed extract and soy germ extract to improve overactive bladder-related voiding dysfunction and quality of life. Journal of Functional Foods, 8(1), 111-117.
3. Improves symptoms of enlarged prostate

Some men over the age of 50 may have difficulty starting to urinate or have difficulty holding back urine, but after urinating, they may feel residual urine. One of the causes of these symptoms is an enlarged prostate. Prostatic hyperplasia refers to a disease in which the prostate enlarges with age and presses on the urethra, resulting in urination disorders . If you have prostate enlargement, in addition to the symptoms mentioned above, there may be symptoms such as thinning urine stream.

A paper published in the Journal of Medical Food in 2019 reported the results that intake of pumpkin seed extract had a positive effect on improving quality of life by helping to improve symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia .

“A significant symptom reduction of 30.1%, on average, was observed for the total IPSS (International Prostate Symptom Score) in the liver at baseline and after 12 weeks of supplementation. It was meaningful. "
Reference paper Leibbrand, M., Siefer, S., Schön, C., Perrinjaquet-Moccetti, T., Kompek, A., Csernich, A., Bucar, F., & Kreuter, MH (2019). Effects of an Oil-Free Hydroethanolic Pumpkin Seed Extract on Symptom Frequency and Severity in Men with Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia: A Pilot Study in Humans. Journal of medicinal food, 22(6), 551–559. 

Today we looked at the benefits of consuming pumpkin seed extract. Finally, we will tell you how to manage overactive bladder in your life. First of all, you should refrain from drinks that can promote the diuretic effect, such as alcohol, coffee, and caffeinated beverages . Next, when you have a desire to urinate, we recommend that you intentionally refer to it for about 30 minutes and train to increase the time you endure every 2 weeks .

I hope you have a healthy day in body and mind. It was Jinny.